When the blog post is late, it makes for a short week. Fortunately our days here in Chile are action-packed so we never have trouble coming up with a subject. As the Latin missionaries would say to that: jejeje. It means hahaha, naturally.
Anyway, I would like to tell of an experience we had today. As we have mentioned before we go to a different branch meeting each Sunday. As soon as we visit all 20 branches, we will start over. It takes longer than just going straight through 20 weeks due to stake, general and district conferences.
Today we went to the Viluco branch. The building is a house in a neighborhood so we wouldn't have found it without the missionaries to guide us. There is a church sign outside, but you have to be right in front of the house to see it. The inside is a typical branch setup with a main room with folding chairs and a small stand and podium.
Since today is election day in Chile, only sacrament meeting was held. It was the primary program which is the first we have seen here. There were eight to ten kids depending on which ones ran back to their moms, but they did such a good job! Each child had a talk to give; only one lost his nerve. As usual, they sang between each talk. The accompaniment was recorded but the children did a great job of singing all the verses each time and the last duet was especially well done: boys on one verse and girls on the other.
Only the primary president sat with them, but they were mostly reverent and gave their talks without assistance. It was a moving experience to feel that this is our real purpose in Chile: to make sure these children have a strong church in which to grow up and to eventually be leaders. Real growth means keeping families like these in the Church and adding others as the missionaries are led to them by the Spirit. Thanks for sharing our mission with us and have a great week.